Upstate Capital Annual Event

Invest NY: Future of Food 2022

WHEN: June 29, 2022 | 1:30PM – 8:00PM

WHERE: Culinary Institute of America: 1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

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Dwayne Zimmerman


NYSTAR and Upstate Capital present Invest NY: Future of Food, an event highlighting the food and agtech industry and innovation in Upstate New York. This event brings together members from established food and beverage companies, suppliers, investors, and dealmakers together with entrepreneurs and startups.

The event will be held online and in-person on June 29, 2022, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

What to expect at Future of Food 2022:

  • Startup pitches for new products, services and companies
  • Conversations with business owners and CEOs building food & agtech businesses
  • Discussions with industry experts and investors in food, beverage, and agtech


CEO Roundtable (invitation-only) Details will be shared separately with invited guests


Registration & Networking


Startup Showcase


Networking & The CIA Experience

4:00 PM

Upstate Capital Welcome

RealEats: Growing in Upstate NY & the Power of Venture Capital


Failing & Learning: One CEO’s Story

4:45 PM

2022 Supply Chain Dynamics

5:00 PM

Panel: Food Investment Trends & Resources


Networking Reception


In-Person General Admission: $150
Online General Admission: $75

For Upstate Capital Members:
Receive $50 off the in-person ticket, or attend the event online for free. Email for your code.

Not yet an Upstate Capital member? Join now and request a free pass to this event.

Who will be there?

Invitations are extended to startup entrepreneurs, experienced executives, industry professionals and active investors in food production, processing, distribution, food science and agricultural technology.

Along with gaining knowledge about what’s happening in these industries, attendees will make connections with innovators, investors and industry experts all in one place.



Fabalish will brighten your kitchen and bring life to your taste buds with delicious, clean and organic plant-based foods (without ever sacrificing flavor); inspiring you to live a healthier and more sustainable life through the power of plants.

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Que 42 BBQ

Que 42 BBQ creates authentic BBQ flavors, crafted in seriously small batches, with WNY ingredients.

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Dizzy Lizzie’s Farm LLC

Dizzy Lizzie’s Farm is a women-owned family farm growing and distributing spices and blends across the US.

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9 Miles East Farm

We make it easy to enjoy local food. We grow vegetables on our 11-acre farm and prepare weekly meals in a commercial kitchen for a group of subscribers near Saratoga Springs, NY. It’s like a CSA, only instead of a box of vegetables, you get lasagna. Or gumbo. Or Indian eggplant. Whatever’s freshest that week.

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Larry’s All Natural

Larry’s produces fresh, all-natural, authentic Mexican flavored and American Southwest-inspired sauces and has growing distribution in an exciting niche market.

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WAJU Water

WAJU Water is the planet’s ONLY water sourced exclusively from REAL FRUIT!

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Levelle Inc.

Levelle is a sports nutrition company dedicated to creating all-natural food products that are rooted in science and speak to a woman’s unique physiology. We are making sports nutrition designed for women, by women.

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Mmmly is reimagined food for a better life, including a low carb, gluten free, grain free cookie.

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Botaniline, Inc.

We use food science to create healthy and allergen-free alternatives to foods people love, but due to ingredient mix, either can’t or shouldn’t eat. We use 100% all-natural plant-based ingredients in all of our products. Our goal is to make the world a healthier place through product development that improves the nutritional value in food with absolutely no change to the taste.

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Newell Farmlands

Newell Farmlands produces artisanal seasonings with an organic blend of vegetables, herbs, & spices that is sodium, cholesterol, & gluten free!

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Yonderplate connects plant based and allergen conscious diners with menu items they crave, minimizing the stress and planning associated with dining out.

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Hub Bound

Hub Bound is an order management system to increase revenue and efficiency with consolidated information.

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East Hampton Shucker Company

At East Hampton Shucker Company, we have have invented a market disrupting device that opens oysters faster and safer than any other methods.

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Prolific Earth Sciences

Prolific Earth Sciences develops powerful diagnostic tests and test methods that support sustainable soil health practices. Combined with smart phone technology, these tests offer an unprecedented convenience and efficacy not seen before in the soil testing field.

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At Nuravine we build systems for automating plant growth so you can – “Grow on Vacation”

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See last year’s startups here.


Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Sponsorship Packages

Email Noa Simons, President and CEO of Upstate Capital, at or call (845) 204-8090 regarding sponsorship and participation.